Responsible Tourism Developments August 2017

1.  Orphanages recognised as a destination point for trafficked children 
2.  In Greenland, there are bush fires  & in Alaska, permafrost is thawing and burning 
3.  Modern Slavery in the UK and in orphanages
4.  Overtourism symposium in Iceland and in Spain protests turn violent
5.  Petition Launched against low wages in central London hotels. 
6.  Tourism and the SDGs - the 2017 WTM Responsible Tourism Awards 
7.  The circular economy, a young Cameroonian and a cheaper fishing boat 
8.  Want to change behaviour? Habits matter.
9.  Hold the Front Page in Clare for a tourism strategy story
10. The electric revolution is coming to cruise ships

 

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  1. Orphanages recognised as a destination point for trafficked children
    The highly influential US Government Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report has for the first time ever recognised that orphanages are a destination point for trafficked children. At present this has only been recognised in one country – Nepal – where orphanage trafficking was first documented by child rights activists at the end of Nepal’s civil war (1996 to 2006). Any one engaging with orphanages in Nepal should reflect on this,  and particularly what it means for UK companies and organisations given the Modern Slavery Act in the UK.  more

  2. In Greenland, there are bush fires  & in Alaska permafrost is thawing and burning
    The New York Times reports that  In Alaska the permafrost is thawing, releasing carbon into the atmosphere and adding to the greenhouse effect. In western Greenland, there are a series of fires which have burnt ~3000 acres. There is a positive feedback loop, with negative consequences for our environment. "The dark ash traps more energy from the sun, which has warmed the ice sheet and caused more widespread melting. Soot from massive wildfires in Siberia caused 95 percent of the Greenland ice sheet surface to melt in 2012, a phenomenon that could become a yearly occurrence by 2100 as the planet warms and northern forest fires become more common." more Earth overshoot days are coming earlier this year was August 2nd, just ten years ago it was August 28. Meanwhile, Texas experiences extreme weather.
  3. Modern Slavery in the UK and in orphanages
    On 10th August the UK National Crime Agency reported that there were, and presumably still are, more than 300 live policing operations targeting modern slavery in the UK. Will Kerr, the NCA’s Director of Vulnerabilities, pointed out that “it is a hidden crime, so the onus is on us to seek it out.” It is likely that we encounter enslaved people, they come into “contact with everyone else’s so-called normal lives.”  UNICEF  has pointed out that “During the recruitment process families will often get paid a fee for their child, and in the worst cases, children are trafficked into the facilities. Many orphanages here are set up to run like a business, a business which uses children as the product – even sending them to dance for donations in popular tourist areas.” more

4. Overtourism symposium in Iceland and in Spain protests turn violent
Early in the month mounting antagonism to the negative impacts of tourism and the behaviours of some tourists led to direct action by Arran, expressing the frustration of locals at the negative impacts of tourism in their neighbourhoods. Tourists travelling on an open top bus in Barcelona feared that they were being attacked by masked terrorists. In Palma de Mallorca members of Arran barged into restaurants and boarded boats carrying banners saying tourism is killing Mallorca.”  There were protests in Valencia and a demonstration has been called by Basque separatists and a group of anti-tourist protesters dressed up in wigs and masks stopped a street tourist train full of families who were visiting San Sebastian. more

Overtourism is being recognised as an issue in more and more cities, the detailed programme for the symposium in Iceland is now available, the first meeting of an emerging international group of practitioners and academics looking to share their experience of what works and what doesn't and why.

5. Petition Launched against low wages in central London hotels.
There is no reason why the big names in London hotels cannot pay their staff a decent wage. The hoteliers need to know that £4 for 37 minutes work to clean a room is unethical and unacceptable (and raise doubts about how clean the room really is). Tourism Concern has launched a petition demanding that London hotels treat their staff fairly and pay a living wage. Tourism Concern is asking people to sign the petition and when booking into a big London hotel ask what wage the room attendants are paid and how many rooms they are required to clean in a shift. By asking these questions you can help create change.

6. Tourism and the SDGs - the 2017 WTM Responsible Tourism Awards
These are the successor awards to the World Responsible Tourism Awards and this year they challenged businesses and tourism organisations to report their impacts against the framework of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The Awards close at midnight on 31st August, applications have been coming in steadily and it looks as though we are going to see a step change in the data on impacts provided in support of applications this year. The finalists will be announced at the end of September and the awards will be presented at WTM London on Wednesday 8th November. There is also a session in the Responsible Tourism Theatre on the show floor to provide an opportunity to discuss how the awards will develop over the next five years.

7. The circular economy, a young Cameroonian and a cheaper fishing boat
Essome Ismael, a young Cameroonian, has a  visionto reduce plastic waste in aquatic, marine and urban environments to secure better adaptation to climate change in Africa. He has found a way to recycle waste plastic bottles by making bottle boats. Not only is he preserving the environment, he is also helping fishermen in his community with a cheaper way to make boats.

8. Want to change behaviour? Habits matter.
A recent research project at the 4-star hotel “Magic Life” on the Canary island of Fuerteventura found that encouraging guests to maintain their habits with towels - “Reuse me again tomorrow. Just like at home.” - was more successful in motivating people to reuse their towels than the usual message or humour. more

9. Hold the Front Page in Clare for a tourism strategy story
Not often does the argument for yield over volume make the front page. The marketing of Clare has been exceptional and has delivered ever-increasing numbers of visitors over the past 20 years. Our problem is we are not reaping the rewards in terms of the local economic benefits in our rural and coastal economies, such as local job opportunities. More of us need to follow Cillian Murphy's example and make our voice heard. Read the article here

10. The electric revolution is coming to cruise ships
Cruise ship, ferry, and cargo shipbuilders are developing hybrid and electric ships to reduce reliance on fuels like diesel and heavy fuel oil that power most large vessels - the sooner the better. more 

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Responsible Tourism Developments July 2017

1. World Responsible Tourism Day Wednesday 8th November
2. Survey – what are the major Responsible Tourism issues?
3. Orphanages, trafficking and slavery
4. The Code has tightened its rules on voluntourism
5. Venezia Unica, launched the #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign
6. Responsible Tourism campaigning in China
7. Animal Welfare
8. Paris has tightened regulation on Airbnb
9. Diary Date – Conference on Overtourism Dublin October 26th
10. More difficult trading conditions in UK outbound tourism.

 

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  1. World Responsible Tourism Day Wednesday 8th November
    This year WRTD reverts to Wednesday, the day opens with the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards which this year focus on the sector’s Sustainable Development Goals impacts and the round tables and panels will focus on the contribution that tourism makes to sustainable development. The day closes with the usual Responsible Tourism networking event. There is a new Responsible Tourism Theatre this year with a crowded programme of panels discussions and debates – the full programme will be out for the next edition of RTNews.
  2. Survey – what are the major Responsible Tourism issues?
    On Tuesday 7th November there will be a round table discussion about the major issues which need to be addressed in the sector over the next five years. We have an online survey, please help shape the debate and prioritise the issues which matter to you. Complete the very brief survey here.
  3. Orphanages, trafficking and slavery
    The highly influential US Government Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report – for the first time ever – has recognised that orphanages are a destination point for trafficked children, which historically has never been acknowledged before.  At present this has only been recognised in one country – Nepal – where orphanage trafficking was first documented by child rights activists at the end of Nepal’s civil war (1996 to 2006).more  Shiva Hotels have published a General Manager Action Pack to address modern slavery. In August an Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Melbourne opens, “But the costs of production of the tourist experience are often glossed over. And modern slavery practices are especially evident in the tourism supply chain in developing countries” more   Stop Slavery Hotel Industry Network has launched a website and resource hub
  4. The Code has tightened its rules on voluntourism
    The Code does not accept membership of organisations involved in voluntourism activities which: (a) include orphanages and other forms of residential care for children in settings with minimal support or supervision or (b) have orphanages and other residential care centres incorporated (or with the possibility to incorporate) in tourism programs or packages. more
  5. Venezia Unica, launched the #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign
    Signs and posters will be displayed throughout the city centre and main tourist zones in 10 languages including English, Chinese, Arabic, and Korean. The campaign is reinforcing rules and regulations that have been in place for years and telling tourists that they’ll potentially face hefty fines of $29-$580 (€25 to €500) if they don’t follow them. more There will be two panels on overtourism at WTM London in November.
  6. Responsible Tourism campaigning in China
    QYER, which provides travel services to over 80 million Chinese nationals, has announced the establishment of the “Responsible Travel Alliance”; formed from government tourism departments and private travel operators including the Australian Tourism Bureau, the New Zealand Tourism Board, the Swiss National Tourism Administration, Singapore Airlines, Australia Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and U-Tour World. They have published a Responsible Travel guide pointing out that travellers are merely visitors to a destination and as such have an inherent responsibility to ensure that their visit is conducted sustainably. The guide showcases a “Responsible Travel” initiative which combines the three main approaches to sustainable travel: social responsibility, cultural responsibility and environmental responsibility. more
  7. Animal Welfare
    A report by World Animal Protection has highlighted the suffering inflicted on the elephant in Asia “Three out of four elephants surveyed in south-east Asia’s popular tourist destinations are living in harsh conditions where they are being used for rides, with mostly steel or wooden saddles, and tied in chains less than three metres long.” more The Tui Care Foundation and World Animal Protection have joined forces in an effort to protect about 1,500 Asian elephants in captivity by 2020. While focused mainly on Thailand, the initiative is aimed at five other key countries covering the largest part of the population of captive Asian elephants – Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. “Elephant tourism is ‘fuelling cruelty’”. There will be a panel of Animal Welfare at WTM London in November.
  8. Paris has tightened regulation on Airbnb
    Paris City Council ruled that locals wishing to rent their apartments on sites like Airbnb must register the property with the town hall. As of Dec. 1, potential landlords must obtain a registration number from the town hall before posting an advertisement for a short-term rental on a website, and renters must pay the traditional French "tourist tax." more
  9. Diary Date – Conference on Overtourism Dublin October 26th
    The ICRT Ireland with Failte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, is organising a one day conference on Overtourism in Dublin and on the Wild Atlantic Way– more details in the next edition of RTNews.
  10. More difficult trading conditions in UK outbound tourism~
    ATOL protected bookings was marginally down in 2016, following five years of steady growth, and there were 19 failures, up from 10 in 2015. Michael Medlicott, Chair of the Air Travel Trust, said: “In the last 12 months the UK travel industry has faced a number of challenges, including unfavourable currency exchange movements, limited economic growth and a reduction in consumer confidence. Furthermore, there are a number of on-going geo-political situations, which are having a significant impact on key destinations and these continue to present concerns for holidaymakers. In the light of all these factors, the travel market has held up very well, which reflects the high priority consumers attach to their holidays” more

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Responsible Tourism Developments June 2017

1. OverTourism Conference in Iceland
2. WTM Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 – deadline August 31st
3. World Responsible Tourism  Day 2017
4. Outlook Responsible Tourism Summit Delhi 2018
5. Unethical London
6. Plastic is creating an environmental crisis 
7. What is the value of the Great Barrier Reef?
8. Myanmar’s Tourism Dream Fades Away
9. OverTourism and local resentment in Iceland
10. A cruise too far: how overtourism impacts the world’s top destinations

 

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  1. OverTourism Conference in Iceland
    The 13th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations takes place in Iceland 29-30 September 2017. This working symposium will explore strategies to ensure sustainable tourism development where “overtourism” is occurring through local management practices and empowered communities. We envisage that this symposium will identify the research agenda on overtourism and we hope that research partnerships will emerge from it and means of knowledge dissemination identified. We would like bother academics and practitioners to participate. More and to register.
  2. WTM Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 – deadline August 31st
    The first applications are coming in and many have downloaded the application forms for the successor awards to the World Responsible Tourism Awards to be present at WTM London on Wednesday 8th The Awards are open to any business or organisation which is able to report its progress against the SDGs, decent work, creating jobs through local culture and products, operating sustainably in the marine environment, or any of the other SDGs including health, education and child protection, whether in hotels, tour operating, car hire, cruising, aviation, conservation  or NGO. Full details of the Award and application form here.
  3. World Responsible Tourism Day 2017
    World Responsible Tourism  Day this year is on Wednesday 8th November –
    moved from Tuesday.
  4. Outlook Responsible Tourism Summit Delhi 2018
    Block the date for a South Asia regional summit on Responsible Tourism: India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Maldives. The India Responsible Tourism Awards will also be presented at the  Summit which will be held in Delhi 19-20 January.
  5. Unethical London
    “To its collective shame, not a single hotel in the capital pays the London Living Wage of £9.40 per hour. No collective agreement has been signed since the 1980s. Low pay, zero hour contracts and open hostility to trade unions have become standard practice, making London one of the most unethical tourist destinations in the world.” Peter Kavanagh, Unite London regional secretary. more The report Unethical London compares London very unfavourably with New York. 

 

6. Plastic is creating an environmental crisis
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute, that’s about 20,000 bottles being bought every second, and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change. The world produces more the 300 million tons of plastic every year. More. On remote Henderson Island scientists counted 671 items per square meter (10 sq ft), the highest density ever recorded, which equates to an estimated 37.7 million pieces spread over the whole island. Since 2015, more than 200 cafe's and businesses in Bristol have signed up to the scheme that lets residents and visitors  refill their water bottles for free. The Refill campaign is run by City to Sea, a group made up of campaigners and scientists who seeking to reduce the amount of plastic waste flowing into the Severn Estuary. The campaign is reported to be spreading to Germany. A campaign against plastic waste on Cyprus’ beaches launched this month.  Responsible Cape Town is asking can the tourism industry go plastic free.

7. What is the value of the Great Barrier Reef?
Deloitte Access Economics has valued the Great Barrier Reef at A$56 billion(£33bn)421,435, with an economic contribution of A$6.4 billion per year. The Great Barrier Reef is 132,974mi2. So each square mile is worth A$421,435 and there is plenty of it. In April there were well documented reports of coal terminal water spill at Abbott Point.  The have been two waves of coral bleaching in 2015 & 2016 due to global warming and higher sea temperatures, an estimated 29% of shallow water coral has been bleached. The Great Barrier Reef is priceless providing important ecosystem services not quantified in the Deloitte report which calculates only the total economic, social and icon asset value of the Reef.

8. Myanmar’s Tourism Dream Fades Away
“A construction glut has flooded Myanmar with unused hotel rooms, and poorly regulated building has damaged national treasures like the archaeological site of Bagan and scenic Inle Lake, which is becoming clogged with silt and garbage.” more

9. OverTourism and local resentment in Iceland
Two French tourists went from door to door asking for a place to stay, according to residents of Bogarnes, a town in the west of the island. "One of the biggest problems now is people using our backyards as toilets, especially in rural areas," she said. "Also, we have very strict rules regarding overnight camping, and people break them repeatedly. It's like many people come here and see the country as a huge playground where no rules apply.” more
“Vandalism is increasing dramatically. People are spoiling nature, thinking it will repair in a few weeks. That’s just not true. Moss damage as seen in the ‘SEND NUDES’ example could take up to seventy years to repair,” more

10 A cruise too far: how overtourism impacts the world’s top destinations
Not surprising perhaps for RTNews – but this story is in the trade paper Ship Technology.

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Responsible Tourism Developments May 2017

1. Next generation certification – what should we demand?
2. RTD-13: Tackling Overtourism - Local Responses
3. The UNWTO and the SDG’s
4. Beyond Ecotourism: Wildlife Conservation, the SDGs & the WTM Responsible Tourism  Awards
5. Responsible Tourism in India
6. Beyond Tourism Satellite Accounting
7. Venice
8. Tourists disrespectfully showing their "butt"
9. The dangers of getting too close to wildlife 
10.  Animal Welfare on Mainstream TV

 

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  1. Next generation certification – what should we demand?
    Each time a traveller or holidaymaker checks into a certified hotel and goes to the room to find the thermostat set at 15C, all the lights and the TV on, and a bit of card stuck in the key card light switch, more damage is done to certification. When you turn the thermostat up or off, switch off all the lights and the TV, and put the towels back on the rail as you leave in the morning only to find, on returning to your room, the aircon back on, a freezing room with lights blazing and fresh towels,  consumer confidence in certification is undermined.When will the next generation of certification emerge? One that audits the performance and certifies achievement, then certification will enable the consumer to identify the best accommodations for water consumption, carbon emissions or employment practices.  Recent blogs by Justin Francis & Harold Goodwin
    This year’s WTM Responsible Tourism Awards will showcase those who are able to report increased positive impacts or decreased negative impacts.

  1. RTD-13: Tackling Overtourism - Local Responses
    Iceland, 29-30 September 2013. This working symposium is an opportunity to explore strategies to ensure sustainable tourism development where “overtourism” is occurring through local practices and empowered communities. We envisage that this symposium will identify the research agenda on overtourism and we hope that research partnerships will emerge from it and means of knowledge dissemination identified.
  2. The UNWTO and the SDG’s
    The UNWTO have published a discussion paper on "Sustainable Tourism for Development", produced in the context of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IY 2017). It is open for public consultation and they are inviting comments. UN WTO are supporters of World Responsible Tourism Day and they will be participating in the discussions on tourism and the SDGs at WTM London on November 7th. More on the UNWTO’s work on Tourism and the SDG’s
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  3. Beyond Ecotourism: Wildlife Conservation, the SDGs & the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards
    Do the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals create an opportunity for transparent reporting of community and conservation impacts – the impacts of tourism on employment, education, welfare and community as well as the impacts on the conservation of species and habitat on land (SDG 15) and in the oceans (SDG 14)? In this year’s WTM Responsible Tourism Awards we are looking for examples of tourism businesses, national parks and conservancies which can report their impacts against the SDGs. We are looking for leaders to set the pace and challenge others to do as well.

  1. Responsible Tourism in India
    Outlook India has published a report on the Responsible Tourism Summit held in Delhi in January. The video of Amitav Ghosh talking about the impact of tourism on climate change is online. The 2018 Responsible Tourism Summit will take place in Delhi January 19-20: Staying Ahead – Vision 2020.. The will again be on best practices from India, but they’ll also highlight the best and the brightest examples from some of their neighbouring countries in South Asia—Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Maldives. The idea, as always, is to gather knowledge and share it widely.
  2. Beyond Tourism Satellite Accounting
    UNWTO, with the support of United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), UNWTO has launched the initiative Towards a Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST). The aim is to develop an international statistical framework for measuring tourism’s role in sustainable development, including economic, environmental and social dimensions. By integrating tourism within economic, social and environmental measurement standards, the framework aims to provide a common language and organising structure for exploiting the richness of data already available and for more effective data production, management and integration. This initiative will be discussed at a World Conference in Manila 21-24 June.
    UNWTO(2017) Measuring Sustainable Tourism.
  3. Venice
    There are reports in the mainstream broadsheet media that Unesco is threatening to place the city on its in-danger list. Unesco’s concerns about cruise ships, mass tourism and damage to the fragile lagoon ecosystem “have been met with empty promises but no concrete proposals”, according to Italia Nostra, the country’s influential heritage body. The issues are being raised in some of the art which is part of the current Venice Biennale. Read more There are also reports that Venice is considering charging for entry to the Piazza San Marco. more

 

  1. Tourists disrespectfully showing their “butt”.
    Respect between hosts and guests is fundamental to Responsible Tourism. The growing craze for selfies of naked tourists in iconic locations, many of them sacred, is being fuelled by social media. As Freya Higgins-Desbiolles points out “Different cultures hold different values, and the joy of travel should come from engaging with these differences and learning from them. Responsible tourism built on respect ensures a warm welcome.”
  2. The dangers of getting too close to wildlife
    A video showing a wild sea lion pulling a young girl into the water has gone viral. The girl wasn't hurt in the incident but experts are warning against feeding and getting too close to wild animals. In Indonesia, a tourist has been attacked by a Komodo dragon. Native to a small group of Indonesian islands, Komodo dragons are the world's largest lizards and have venomous bites. The 50-year-old victim, identified as Singaporean Lon Lee Alle, had reportedly ignored warnings not to get too close to take pictures. more
  3. Animal Welfare on mainstream TV
    BBC 3 is running a series of four short films on animal welfare. “Posing as tourists and filming, undercover amateur wildlife activists travel to some of the world’s most popular holiday destinations to investigate the illegal wildlife trade. Armed with smartphones and digital cameras, they’re going behind closed doors to expose the cruel and sometimes criminal businesses that are exploiting animals – often for our benefit.” Dolphins in Indonesian swimming pools; Bear farms in Vietnam; Bird hunters in Cyprus and the Tiger selfie trade in Thailand.

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Responsible Tourism Developments April 2017

WTM 2016

1. WTM Responsible Tourism Awards launched for 2017Responsible Tourism Book Cover
2. TUI: Sustainability is becoming mainstream
3. Africa Responsible Tourism Awards presented at WTM Africa
4.  Responsible Travel.com has ceased to promote zoos
5.  BA, empty seats and carbon emissions. 
6.  RT Events in 2017: Seoul and Reykjavik 
7.  Campaigns against the exploitation of horses and petting sharks
8. Tourists as beggars - no shame there?
9.  Airline waste 
10.  Looks good on Instagram and UCAS forms - how to sell subsidised volunteering

 

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1.  WTM Responsible Tourism Awards launched for 2017
The 2017 Awards have been announced - they launch on May 2nd and will be presented at WTM on World Responsible Tourism Day, Tuesday, November 7th. In the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the 2017 global Responsible Tourism Awards to be announced at WTM will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. There are five categories this year – the first four are open only to those who have won gold or silver in the last three years in the global, African, Indian or Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.  The fifth category is for organisations new to the awards.

The Awards categories are:

  1. SDG8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  2. SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, tourism that creates jobs, promotes local culture and products.
  3. SDG 3: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development through the sustainable management of tourism on and in the oceans.
  4. Remaining SDGs: Businesses and tourism organisations that can demonstrate their contribution to one of the other 14 SDGs
  5. Newcomers: Businesses and tourism organisations which can demonstrate a contribution to one of the SDGs but which have not won Responsible Tourism Awards in the last three years.

The WTM Responsible Tourism Awards are open for applications on May 2nd and close August 31st.  Details on the Awards website.

2. TUI: Sustainability is becoming mainstream
In the second year of their Better Holidays, Better World sustainability strategy TUI's latest Sustainability Report demonstrates their progress across a range of indicators. 

  • TUI Customers in the past year have gone on 6.3 million ‘greener and fairer’ holidays, i.e. staying in 1170 hotels that have been certified to a recognised Global Sustainable Tourism Council standard.
  • In 2016, TUI funding raised for research initiatives, charity and destination projects reached €6.6 million, and TUI Care Foundation was launched as a group-wide means for supporting destination initiatives.
  • In 2016 our Customers participated in 846 000 TUI Collection excursions, up 30% on 2015.  These are local and unique excursions selected against sustainability criteria.

Customer research that conducted globally by TUI, with over 3000 participants, confirmed that sustainability can be a deciding factor in their holiday choices but that customers want more information when it comes to booking. Detailed reports. 

 3.  Africa Responsible Tourism Awards presented at WTM Africa
Blood Lions and Coffee Shack took the coveted position of Overall Winners - details of all the winners and the judges' reasons are online here and Paul Miedema was remembered

African Responsible Tourism Awards
4.  Responsible Travel.com has ceased to promote zoos
Responsible Travel 
has dropped all zoos worldwide arguing that it is better to see animals in the wild, supporting the conservation of habitats and species and ensuring that local communities benefit economically from wildlife tourism. more and PETAUK

5. BA, empty seats and carbon emissions.
BA is extending its empty seat Business class model to UK domestic flights. BAQ has long held the middle seat vacant in business class in Europe. This policy is now being extended to domestic flights. There will be fewer seats for economy passengers to purchase; recognition perhaps that they cannot compete with the budget carriers. The empty seat policy reduces load and increases the carbon emitted per passenger mile. A policy bad for economy passengers and the environment. more

6. RT Events in 2017: Seoul and Reykjavik
The Global Campaign on Fair & Sustainable Tourism will be launched in Seoul during the Fair & Sustainable Tourism Forum 11-13 September 2017. Symposium on coping with success and overtourism in Reykjavik 29th-30th September. More details in future editions of RT News.

7. Campaigns against the exploitation of horses and petting sharks
 A petition against the exploitation of horses by the Charleston carriage companies has secured 157,000 signatures. link
Change.org has a petition against the practice of tourists lifting nurse sharks out of the water for a selfie with a tourist.  Change.org  the dodo

8. Tourists as beggars - no shame there?
Tourists Selling Postcards
"There has been a recent rise in ‘begpackers’ - that’s backpackers who are begging - across some of the poorest countries in the world. Their attempts to fund their trips via begging, busking and occasionally selling their holiday photos have been snapped and shared on social media by more socially aware travellers - and disgusted locals...

Travelling across the world - even if it’s in cheap hostels on a budget of £5 a day - is not a God-given right; it’s a luxury that millions will never have. Backpackers might be able to justify their behaviour to themselves, saying that they’re not forcing anyone to give to them/they really can’t afford their next flight/they’re busking not begging, but deep down they surely know what they’re doing is wrong.

Backpackers cannot - and should not - ever feel entitled to people’s spare change when they’re busking next to someone who has not eaten a proper meal in days." Radhika Sanghani writing in The Telegraph 

 

9. Airline waste
The global airline industry generates about 4.5 million metric tonnes of cabin waste per year, which costs the airlines about $500 million, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The industry group expects that number to double in the next 15 years. London’s Gatwick Airport and DHL Supply Chain have opened a waste-to-energy plant, which they say makes Gatwick the first airport in the world to turn airport waste, such as food and packaging, into energy onsite. The companies claim that the new plant will save £1,000 ($1,243) in energy and waste management costs for every day it operates. more.

10. Looks good on Instagram and UCAS forms - how to sell subsidised volunteering
Subsidised by the UK taxpayer from the UK aid budget - the worst kind of voluntourism, the main beneficiary is the volunteer.

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Responsible Tourism Developments March 2017

1. World Travel Market shines the spotlight on the SDGs
2. Responsible Tourism panels at WTM trade shows in Sao Paulo, Cape Town and Dubai.
3. Modern slavery and the UK hospitality industry
4. Video Highlights of the India Responsible Tourism Summit
5. Call for support for a Radical Agenda for Change by 2030
6. Climate Change Impacts on the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in the UAE.
7. Taxing Tourism in Iceland to deal with Overtourism
8. Elephants and Dolphins – contrasting approaches 
9. Noble Caledonian cruise ship damages coral reef
10. Kerala Conference on Responsible Tourism

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  1. World Travel Market shines the spotlight on the SDGs
    In the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development there are panels on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Responsible Tourism programme at WTM Latin America; WTM Africa and Arabian Travel Market There is more on the SDGs and tourism, which were extensively addressed in London at WTM last November. more
  1. Responsible Tourism panels at WTM trade shows in Sao Paulo, Cape Town, and Dubai.
    The SDGs feature in all three programmes ahead of a major focus on the International Year and progress – or the lack of it – on the SDGs at WTM London in November. At WTM Latin America there are panels on wildlife, biodiversity and animal welfare and we are showcasing Responsible Tourism Award winners Tren Ecuador and Proprietário Refúgio Ecológico Caiman. At WTM Africa there will be the African Responsible Tourism Awards and panels on  Market Access for Small and Emerging Enterprises and Cultural Heritage and Tourism in Africa. At Arabian Travel Market there are panels on Responsible Tourism in the MENA countries and Culture and Tourism.
  1. Modern slavery and the UK hospitality industry
    The Shiva Foundation has published a hard-hitting report, co-authored by Rebecca Armstrong of Responsible Tourism Matters, on the dangers of turning a blind eye to the risks of modern slavery in the UK hospitality industry. The two key areas of importance – and risk – created by the 2015 legislation are (1) the obligation for larger companies to publish a modern slavery statement; and (2) the possibility of criminal and/or civil liability for slavery offenses. more
  2. Video Highlights of the India Responsible Tourism Summit
    Take a look at the video highlights of the January Responsible Tourism Summit organised by Outlook India in Delhi in January. link
  3. Call for support for a Radical Agenda for Change by 2030
    Over 30 participants from civil society from 19 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, representatives of non-governmental organizations, people’s movements and academia met in Berlin to discuss the action necessary to achieve sustainable development through tourism. The point to the “enormous responsibility” of tourism. “Modest socio-economic or ecological adjustments in production, often presented as ‘sustainable’ or ‘responsible’ tourism, will not bring the necessary change. For tourism to contribute to sustainable development, a fundamental transformation of tourism itself is essential and urgent.” Download the declaration here.
  4. Climate Change Impacts on the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in the UAE.
    The Emirates Wildlife Society – WWF have produced a report citing studies which suggest that the UAE is amongst the countries set to lose out on visitors by 2025 due to climate change and predicting a 55% decline in international tourists visiting the UAE by the end of the century. Arguing that many tourism assets, including hotels, resorts, beaches, waterfront promenades, as well as heritage assets which draw tourists to the UAE are in the coastal zone, and therefore may be vulnerable to increased flood risk due to sea level rise and pointing to increased costs of energy and food which are likely to result from climate change. Download the report
  5. Taxing Tourism in Iceland to deal with Overtourism
    Reports that Iceland is considering introducing a tourism tax through the levy on hotel rooms or restricting the numbers of visitors to the honeypot attractions have reached the popular press (The Sun & Express) in the UK. Iceland’s tourism minister Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir told Bloomberg: “The sector and all of us have to be careful not to become victims of our own success. If we allow more people into areas like that, we’re losing what makes them special – unique pearls of nature that are a part of our image and of what we’re selling.”“Some areas are simply unable to facilitate 1 million visitors every year.
  6. Elephants and Dolphins – contrasting approaches
    Born Free and 20 other organisations have expressed concern to the Government of St Lucia over the proposal to build a captive dolphin facility on Pigeon Island. more  By contrast the Daily Mail reported that Lanta Animal Welfare Centre is number three in the top ten list of things to do in Thailand - ahead of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Sukhothai Historical Park and reports the “rise of 'responsible' travel experiences - with no riding allowed” more
  7. Noble Caledonian cruise ship damages coral reef
    A Noble Caledonia cruise ship ran aground at low tide on a coral reef at Raja Ampat in Indonesia. Regarded as one of the most important marine biodiversity sites in the world an early official evaluation reported that the incident had damaged approximately 1,600 sq m of coral. more The company has taken responsibility: “We are working with local experts to understand how we can assist with the regeneration of the reef. We value our relationships around the world with local people and we are sorry to have impacted the local community.  To this end Noble Caledonia has established a fund with the aim of helping the local population and contributing to the repair of the reef.”
  1. Kerala Conference on Responsible Tourism
    Kerala hosted a National Conference on Responsible Tourism Practices which explored the future of responsible tourism initiatives in India. Organised by Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies (KITTS), the three day event ran from 25th March at its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Responsible Tourism Developments February 2017

1.  RT at WTM Latin America 4th-6th April Sao Paulo
2. Africa Responsible Tourism Awards 2017
3. Was this the world's strangest tourist attraction? 
4. Experiencing temporary localhood in Copenhagen
5. PEUAT: Barcelona is regulating all forms of tourism accommodation in the city 
6. Sustainability matters to consumers in developed and emerging markets
7. Urgent need for applied research for sustainable accommodation
8. Trump's Impact on Travel & Tourism
9. The sacred and the profane clash in Cornwall
10. Paul Miedema

 

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1. RT at WTM Latin America 4th-6th April Sao Paulo
2017 is the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Development through Tourism, the spotlight is going to be shone on the industry’s contribution to sustainable development in destinations at WTM Latin America, WTM Africa, and Arabian Travel Market, and in November we shall be reviewing progress in 2017. At WTM Latin America there are three sessions on RT: Tourism and the SDGs; RT Examples from South America and Wildlife, Biodiversity and Animal Welfare. The full programme is online here.

2. Africa Responsible Tourism Awards 2017
The 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards will be presented at a ceremony hosted as part of the World Travel Market Africa, on 20 April 2017. The African Responsible Tourism Awards rest on a simple principle – that all types of tourism, from niche to mainstream, can and should be organised in a way that preserves, respects and benefits destinations and local people. This year, there are 36 tourism organisations from Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia on the longlist, in seven categories, among them habitat and species conservation, engaging people and culture, poverty reduction and a new category in 2017 - the best responsible event. The longlist is available here from noon on March 1st. 

3. Was this the world's strangest tourist attraction 
When Thomas McFadden was caught smuggling cocaine in La Paz airport in 1996 he was jailed in a place more like a warped small town than a prison. Prisoners were expected to earn a living inside and buy their cells as if they were real estate. There was a primary school for the prisoners' children, who they brought to live with them, and in the most notorious twist of all, there was an in-house cocaine factory. San Pedro Prison became a tourist attraction, Thomas provided guided tours and backpackers stayed for weeks and partied with inmates. More

4. The locals are the destination in Copenhagen
We welcome the arrival of today’s traveller: the temporary local seeking not the perfect still picture to take home, but the emotional connection to an instantly shared experience based on interests, relations and authenticity.”  “The DMO’s role is shifting towards developing and spotlighting the right kind of experiences and engaging the right people at the right time to tell the right stories about the destination based on a shared strategic branding framework.” The End of Tourism as we Know It is a clever spoof and thought provoking – it’s worth reading. More

5.  PEUAT: Barcelona is regulating all forms of tourism accommodation in the city
The Special Tourist Accommodation Plan (PEUAT) regulates the introduction of tourist accommodation establishments, as well as youth hostels, collective residences with temporary accommodation and tourist apartments. These new regulations are in response to the need to make tourist accommodation compatible with a sustainable urban model based on guaranteeing fundamental rights and improving the quality of life for city residents. More

6. Sustainability matters to consumers in developed and emerging markets
Unilever surveyed 20,000 consumers from the United Kingdom, Brazil, Turkey, the United States and India, about their sustaina¬bility concerns and how they impact their choices in-store and at home. “21% of the people surveyed said they would actively choose brands if they made sustainability credentials clearer on packaging and marketing”. “The trend for purpose-led purchasing is greater in emerging economies.53% in the UK and 78% in the US said they would feel better about buying products that are sustainably produced, while Brazil and Turkey were at 85% and India was at 88%. India, Brazil and Turkey, which fall into the emerging markets category, perhaps feel stronger about sustainability due to direct exposure of unsustainable business practices, such as water and energy shortages as well as food poverty and poor air quality. While countries such as the US and the UK feel more pressure from social scrutiny.”  More

7.  Urgent need for applied research for sustainable accommodation
The challenge of reducing water and energy consumption across the full range of tourist accommodation is well known, what is needed now is action research - we need to know what works and to begin to apply the knowledge. Take a look at this initiative originating in the ICRT Australia. More

8. Trump's Impact on Travel & Tourism
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) called President Trump’s 90-day ban “wrong” and “misguided” and urged the US administration “to reconsider”. The UNWTO expressed “deep concern and strong condemnation”, while the Pacific Asia Travel Association said it “fundamentally opposed any form of blanket travel ban” based on nationality. UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai said: “The travel ban…is contrary to the principles of freedom of travel. Blind discriminatory actions will not lead to increased security but to growing tensions and threats.” More

A study by Montreal-based Hopper found a broad decline in flight searches, a leading indicator for bookings, with demand falling in 94 out of 122 countries of origin. Search demand from the seven predominantly Muslim countries included in the travel ban — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — was down 33 percent, but China, Ireland, Denmark and New Zealand all saw comparable declines. However, , flight searches from Russia to the U.S. have skyrocketed, up 88 percent under Trump's travel ban. More

9. The sacred and the profane clash in Cornwall
There was a mining disaster at the Levant Mine in 1919 when 31 men died. The mine has featured in the Poldark series and visitor numbers have increased by 50% to 100,000 per year. Public feeling is running high locally. Ian Cooke, a local campaigner, told the BBC "We don't want Levant Mine to be treated as a Poldark attraction." Facebook page.

10. Paul Miedema
Paul was a leading light in Responsible Tourism in South Africa - we should honour his memory by redoubling our efforts.

There are many tributes to Paul on his Facebook page
You can donate to the work od the Calabash Trust in memory of Paul. 

 

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Responsible Tourism Developments November 2016

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1. The WTM Responsible Tourism Events on video
2. Nominate for the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards
3. Managing Tourism in Barcelona
4. Airbnb good or bad?
5. new edition Progress in Responsible Tourism published
6. Ten Years of Responsible Tourism at WTM  
7. Overtourism: "Whose destination is it?" 
8. World Responsible Tourism Awards 
9. Africa and Arabian Travel Market Responsible Tourism Programmes
10. London: Symposium – Tourism and Social Justice

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1. The WTM Responsible Tourism Events on video
All of the panels were videoed at World Travel market this year as were two of the conversations on the Responsible Tourism stand - the ones where there were lively discussions about how to improve the interactions between hosts and guests, between communities and tourists, for mutual benefit. The links to the videos can be found on the WTM RT 2016 legacy page 

2. Nominate for the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards
Deadline 15th January for nominations. This year's categories: Best accommodation for social inclusion; Best for engaging people & culture; Best for habitat and species conservation;
Best for partnership for poverty reduction; Best responsible event; Best responsible tourism campaign;  Best tour operator for impact in urban areas. Put your business forward and encourage others, the judges can only select from those who enter. W:  www.africanresponsibletourismawards.com E:   awards@africanresponsibletourismawards.com T:   @RTAwardsAfrica FB : AfricanResponsibleTourismAwards

3. Managing Tourism in Barcelona
The city government in Barcelona has shifted the priority from promotion to management and they are doing groundbreaking work on managing tourism in destinations. If you want to read about what can be done then read Managing Tourism in Barcelona in Progress inResponsible Tourism, it is the product of a recent research visit. If you teach tourism the article provides access to a wealth of material for case study work with students. Download

4. Airbnb good or bad?
The management of the positive and negative impacts of this disruptor will have to be undertaken at the local destination level. A host of issues arises including safety, contract compliance, taxation, negative and positive social impacts. Read more   Airbnb was discussed on a panel at WTM. Airbnb has also introduced some new measures to address discrimination on its online platform.

5. new edition Progress in Responsible Tourism published
The first part of the 2016 -17 edition of Progress in Responsible Tourism was published at WTM in London. A journal of record it reports developments in the year and now carries far more material from the industry. To read about progress in achieving RT - including the Irish and World Awards, articles on industry and consumer research, the SDGs, child protection and volunteering, modern slavery, hotels and tour operating and animal welfare - or to submit something for the May Part II, download a copy here.

6. Ten Years of Responsible Tourism at WTM
This year Responsible Tourism was interrogated by Aaron Heslehurst in the roundtable interview on World Responsible Tourism Day - watch the video. 

7. Overtourism: "Whose destination is it?
Overtourism is emerging as the sustainability issue challenging the industry to be more responsible as we bump up against the social and environmental limits to growth in our finite world. "Overtourism” first used on twitter as #overtourism back in August 2012 it’s likely to become commonplace over the next few years.  more The "rebellions" by locals who experience the negative impacts of tourism in destinations raise the uncomfortable question: Whose destination is it?   Of course, RT is about using tourism to make better places for people to live in first; and second, better places to visit.

8. World Responsible Tourism Awards 
The World Responsible Tourism Awards were presented at World Travel Market this month. There were joint overall winners:
Lemon Tree Hotels are recognised for creating a socially inclusive work environment, employing people with disabilities and those from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Currently, 25% of its staff 'opportunity deprived Indians' and they hope to increase this to 49% in the next 5 years. The judges are delighted to see a large major successful corporate with progressive employment practices at the heart of the business.
Tren Ecuador has reversed the traditional approach of heritage and luxury train travel. They instead have created shared value with 23 station-cafes, 14 artisanal squares, 13 local museums, 2 lodges, 9 folklore and historical recreation groups and several community-based tourism operations - all included as part of a tourist's journey. The result is a family of associated enterprises which creates 5000 livelihoods for people in local communities along the tracks.
The Awards ceremony including interviews with the Gold winners. The winners Gold & Silver.     The Judges' Reasons

9. Africa and Arabian Travel Market Responsible Tourism Programmes
The programmes for the Responsible Tourism panels for WTM Africa and Arabian Travel Market are available on-line.

10. Symposium – Tourism and Social Justice
Tourism is amazingly complex, with the many sectors of the industry using natural, social and cultural resources as the reasons for travel and entertainment of the relatively rich. In a world where the gap between the rich and the poor is ever widening, how does this play out in tourism destinations? The symposium considers issues of equity and fairness in urban and rural destinations and in developed and developing countries. more

 

 

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Responsible Tourism News 10/2016 - WTM Special

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RT News is now being published directly from the Responsible Tourism Partnership website. With 25 RT events during WTM London, we will be publishing on each of the three days - this is an exceptional frequency, please do not unsubscribe. We shall then revert to monthly publication.  

1. 10th Year of Responsible Tourism at WTM

This year World Responsible Tourism Day is Tuesday 8th November - and there is a very full programme with 25 events over three days. WTM is putting some of the leaders in Responsible Tourism in the spotlight as they will be interviewed by Aaron Heslehurst, a BBC World television presenter, quizzed about how much progress has been made and the challenges we face. The image above is taken of the back of  the Responsible Tourism stand and it reflects the subjects we've discussed at WTM since 2006. This year the programme is just as diverse – disintermediation, destination management, the Sustainable Development Goals, Resilience, Human Rights, Animal Captivity and Communicating Responsible Tourism . The full Responsible Tourism programme can be download here.

2. New this year at WTM - the RT Conversations 

This year we are building on our success last year in engaging a wide range of people in conversations on the Responsible Tourism stand – on the show floor and far more participative. The idea is to get the host(s) to get a conversation going, no set piece presentations – no death by PowerPoint: some video, some storytelling, images, conversation, controversy; a real chance to forge new business relationships, to inspire, educate and challenge. There are many conversations - something for everyone interested in RT.
MONDAY 7TH
13:00-14:30 India: Enhancing the Tourist Experience & Community Benefits in India
14:45-15:45 Responsible Tourism Potential of the Republics of Central Asia
17:15-18:00 How can businesses report on their Responsible Tourism  Impact?
TUESDAY 8TH
13:00 - 13:45  Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Travel & Tourism
14:00 - 14:45  How tourism can help the refugee crisis
14:45-15:30 15 Years of Responsible Tourism in The Gambia
15:30 - 16:30 How can we ensure the travel and tourism are accessible to all?
WEDNESDAY 9TH
10:15-11:00 Meet the 2016 Gold and Silver Winners 
11:00 - 12:00 Responsible "Better" Volunteering
12:30-13:30 The Gorillas, Tourism and Poverty Reduction at Bwindi in Uganda
13:30-15:00 Enhancing the Tourist Experience & Community Benefits  in Africa
15:30 - 17:00 Guides – educators and cultural brokers
17:00 - 19:00 ICRT Network session

3. High greenhouse gas levels mark start of new era of climate reality

The World Meteorological Organization reports that the globally averaged concentration of CO2 has for the first time passed 400 parts per million and continued to rise in 2016. “ “The real elephant in the room is carbon dioxide, which remains in the atmosphere for thousands of years and in the oceans for even longer… Without tackling CO2 emissions, we cannot tackle climate change and keep temperature increases to below 2°C above the pre-industrial era. It is therefore of the utmost importance that the Paris Agreement does indeed enter into force”. The problem of climate change is accelerating. The increase of  CO2 from 2014 to 2015 was larger than the previous year and larger than the average annual increase  over the previous 10 years.

4. The World Responsible Tourism Awards 

The culmination of the annual, global search for the most inspirational, enduring responsible tourism experiences in the world. Join us as we announce the 2016 winners of the 'Oscars of Responsible Tourism', and hear their stories live on stage. We have reduced the number of Awards so that there is time for the Gold winners to be interviewed on stage and for the audience to hear from them about what they have done and why.
Tuesday 8th November
10:30am - World Responsible Tourism Day Opening - WTM Global Stage AS950
The Aaron Heslehurst roundtable interview celebrating 20 years of responsible tourism.
11:30am - 12:30pm - World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 - WTM Global Stage AS9505:45pm - 6:45pm - WTM Responsible Tourism Networking Event - WTM Platinum Suite 1 Meet and celebrate with the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards winners, tourism ministers, industry leaders and media representatives.
Wednesday 9th  10:15am - 11am - Meet the Gold & Silver Winners - WTM Responsible Tourism Stand AF100

5. J K Rowling on why no one should volunteer in orphanages

J K Rowling is the Founder of Lumos a UK charity which works to support the 8 million children in institutions worldwide to regain their right to a family life and to end the institutionalisation of children. She has been speaking out about Western teenagers should not be volunteering in orphanages abroad. Channel 4 News  JK Rowling condemns 'voluntourism' and highlights dangers of volunteering in orphanages overseas - read more    Cross Cultural Solutions have responded.

6. Refugees and Tourism

Crista Buznea writes "I was reading about awesome initiatives and inspiring stories that told how refugees were being integrated into our communities as museum tourist guides, and how tourists and refugees were encountering each other in Lesvos and sharing life dreams. And then I stumbled upon Manda Brookman’s A Million Acts of Sanctuary project. We packed our bags and emailed the Help Refugees charity in Calais to tell them we would join them for a weekend. more Crista will be hosting a conversation on the Responsible Tourism stand (AF100) at WTM on Tuesday 8th November at 14:00. Hear what Crista found and join the conversation. more

7. Kerala to set up a ‘Responsible Tourism Mission’

This week the Kerala State Tourism Minister, a C Moideen, informed the state Assembly that the Kerala government is planning to expand its Responsible Tourism programme across the state through a Responsible Tourism Mission. The Minister pointed out that the Responsible Tourism initiative in Kovalam, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Vythiri, Ambalavayal, Kumbalangi and Bekahas has introduced tourists to the lifestyle of local communities, providing a quality tourism experience for tourists and at the same time  helped financially empower local people by creating livelihoods. more

8. UK volunteer awarded compensation by a British provider
The Daily Telegraph reports: "Keira Heslin-Davies, 22, was awarded £1,135 in compensation after Frontier, a non-profit conservation organisation which arranges volunteering trips abroad, pulled its support midway through her six-week trip to Madagascar last year. She has now spoken out about how she believes the “charitable claims” made on Frontier’s website about the trip did not “match reality”. She also claimed staff at the Nosy-Be Hospital, where she was based, had not been told she was coming and said she “felt like a burden” on the busy wards." more

9. Second Edition of Responsible Tourism published 

Responsible Tourism: Using tourism for sustainable development by Harold Goodwin is about the globally vital necessity of realising sustainable tourism. It is a hugely important challenge to those who organise and sell travel and tourism, and those who consume it. Now in its second edition, it has been fully revised and updated and includes new material to explore the following key issues: resilience, voluntourism, child protection, the challenge of disintermediation, tourism and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, slum tourism, shared value and animal welfare. more

10. RT Speed Networking at WTM

Last year we introduced a specific Responsible Tourism speed networking event for the first time - we were overwhelmed by the level of interest. On the show floor, the sellers take the booths and the buyers visit. In the speed networking, the buyers have the tables and the sellers visit them. This year we have registered 30 buyers. If you have a Responsible Tourism product to sell take the opportunity to talk with them. details

 

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Responsible Tourism News September 2016

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1.  Better Tourism for local people and tourists in India and Africa

Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. 2017 is the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Development through Tourism. WTM is launching a new feature of WTM London, showcasing some of the ways in which tourists can engage positively with local communities purchasing local goods and services, contributing to the conservation of natural and cultural resources and valuing their community. Come along to meet leading local tour operators, their source market partners, members of local communities and national government and tourist board leaders. If you want to take part in one or both of them email harold@haroldgoodwin.info All the conversations take place on the Responsible Tourism Stand
Monday 7th November  13:00-14:30 India: Enhancing the Tourist Experience
Wednesday 9th November 13:30-15:00 Enhancing the Tourist Experience in Africa

2.  Conversations at WTM London in November 

Every year at WTM London we have about 2000 participants across the various Responsible Tourism events, it is a big success but we want to reach still more people and excite them about what they can achieve by using a Responsible Tourism approach. We are building on our success last year in engaging a wide range of people in conversations on the Responsible Tourism stand – on the show floor and far more participative. The idea is to get the host(s) to get a conversation going, no set piece presentations – no death by PowerPoint: some video, some storytelling, images, conversation, controversy; a real chance to forge new business relationships, to inspire, educate and challenge. If you want to take part in one or two of them email harold@haroldgoodwin.info  All the conversations take place on the Responsible Tourism Stand.
Monday

  • 14:45-15:45 Responsible Tourism Potential of the Republics of Central Asia
  • 17:15-18:00 How can businesses report on their Responsible Tourism  Impact?

Tuesday 

  • 13:00 – 13:45  Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Travel & Tourism
  • 14:00-14:45  ‘How tourism can help the refugee crisis’.
  • 15:30 – 16:30 How can we ensure the travel and tourism are accessible to all? 

Wednesday

  • 10:15-11:00  Meet the 2016 Gold and Silver Winners
  • 12:30-13:30 The Gorillas, Tourism and Poverty Reduction at Bwindi in Uganda
  • 15:30 – 17:00 Guides – educators and cultural brokers

3.  3rd Irish Responsible Tourism Conference & the 2016 Irish RT Awards

The 3rd Irish Responsible Tourism Conference is  on 6th October 2016 in Dublin. This year the theme is Success. Speakers include  Jen Bobbin (Just Report) Marta Cabral  (Rota Vicentina, Portugal), Laura Dixon (Westport), Harold Goodwin, Mark Henry (Tourism Ireland), Chris Logan (Thomson), Fiona Monaghan (Fáilte Ireland), Kate Taylor (Taylor Training), Cathy Wolfe (Connemara Wild Escapes) and James Chilton, (Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism). The Awards will be presented during the conference.

4. Speed Networking 

Following the success of last year’s event, we are again running a Responsible Tourism Speed Networking again at WTM. Speed Networking reverses the tables for an hour the buyers take the tables and the sellers get the chance to approach the buyers. Tuesday 8th November 09:00 – 10:00 Responsible Tourism Speed Networking. The Buyers need to register to get a table. Register here.  More details

5. Seoul Fair Tourism Declaration

Bukchon is a village of hundreds of traditional hanok houses that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. While some of the hanoks are publicly owned and can be visited and entered during the day the tourists are most interested in the streets and views for which there is no charge and which can be visited at any time. Tour operators tend to take them to Bukchon in groups in the early morning destroying the peace and tranquillity of the neighbourhood. The residents resent the disturbance and they are beginning to protest the intrusions.

There are scores of signs requesting quiet and respect

There are scores of signs requesting quiet and respect

Seoul recognises that it stands at a turning point  "it is now essential to ensure the Seoul Metropolitan Government more pro-actively manages tourism in the city. This will require a whole of government approach including the tourism department, planning, building control, transport, environment and waste management. Only through a whole of government approach can Seoul Metropolitan Government effectively manage tourism t o benefit, rather than harm, local communities and their environment. The rights of citizens to enjoy their residence and neighborhood needs to be protected by the city government." More

6. A green and happy holiday? You can have it all!

Chris Warren's research shows that people are happy to curb their material consumption on holiday, as long their holiday is rich in other experiences. This is the challenge that the services sector faces in the drive to decouple happiness, consumption and resource depletion or pollution. More here

7. 'Overtourism' in  Iceland 
A group has recently formed as a public-private task force comprised of the Icelandic government and travel industry stakeholders to decide on the wave of reforms necessary to ensure that tourism becomes sustainable in Iceland. More on Skift 

8. World Tourism Day - Tourism for All - Promoting Universal Accessibility

Accessible Tourism for all is about the creation of environments that can cater for the needs of all of us, whether we are traveling or staying at home. May that be due to a disability, even temporary, families with small children, or the ageing population, at some point in our lives, sooner or later, we all benefit from universal accessibility in tourism. More

9. Protesters attempt to block cruise ship in the heart of Venice

A flotilla of small boats and thousands of protesters have tried to block the arrival fo a cruise ship in Venice, at the height of the season the ships can bring an additional 30,000 visitors into the World Heritage city every day, Venice is already over-visited and these visitors contribute next to nothing to the local economy. Video report

"Hundreds of Venetians have clogged up the streets, brandishing shopping trolleys and prams, to protest against the hordes of tourists that pour into the city every day.
They’re fed-up with battling crowds while going about their everyday business, claiming they can’t afford the skyrocketing price of rent as tacky souvenir shops push out necessities." More

10. Fewer homes for rent, as landlords move flats onto Airbnb

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) claims landlords are taking their flats off the open market, and advertising them instead on holiday websites like Airbnb. They argue that the trend will mean fewer homes for rent, exacerbating the housing shortage. Airbnb responded arguing that "Rather than removing housing stock, hosting on Airbnb puts money in the pockets of regular Londoners and helps them afford living costs in one of the world's most expensive cities." More

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